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N.C-Based HSM Receiving Grant for Expansion

August 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker recently announced that HSM, the new name of Hickory Springs Manufacturing, qualifies for a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina fund of up to $200,000.

According to a press release, HSM plans to create 162 new jobs and invest more than $3.3 million over the next three years in Hickory and Conover.

“It’s always encouraging to see companies with roots as deep as HSM continue to reinvest in our state,” said McCrory. “Their commitment to innovative manufacturing and job creation will contribute to strong economic growth in Catawba County and across the entire state of North Carolina.”

The announcement comes as HSM transitions from being a components manufacturer to a supplier of integrated solutions, supported by a new business model organized around four business units – Transportation Solutions, Furniture Solutions, Bedding Solutions and Diversified Solutions.

“Our goal as a company has always been to be a manufacturer’s manufacturer – the kind of company businesses want to work with,” explained Dave Colburn, HSM president and CEO. “Our new structure better positions us to offer more complete and advanced offerings to our customers. By investing in 162 new jobs, the build out of our Corporate Innovation and Technology Center, Foam Technical Center and the launch of new diversified products such as beachTuff, we are underscoring this commitment and reinforcing our ability to deliver new materials and innovative manufacturing techniques that bring our customers’ design visions to life and enable them to respond rapidly to changing market demands.”

The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. Additionally, these grants require and are contingent upon local matches, potentially doubling the grant awarded.

According to Colburn, the 30,000-square-foot Corporate Innovation and Technology Center will provide a setting for customers and vendors to work collaboratively on new products, programs and services. To support growing engineering, research and design operations, HSM will continue to seek top designers and innovators in its customers’ industries. As HSM transforms their business, it will require the need for skilled labor and additional training, requiring the need for expanded partnering with local colleges and universities.

To learn more about HSM, visit the company’s website at www.hsmsolutions.com.

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HSM Adds Greulich to Engineering, R&D Unit

May 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Greg Greulich

HSM, the new company name for component supplier Hickory Springs, has named Gregg Greulich corporate vice president of innovation and technology. According to a press release, Greulich will be responsible for developing a vision for the growing engineering and research and development team.

“Welcoming Gregg to our team is the next step in our efforts to build out our engineering and research and development capabilities,” said Dwayne Welch, executive vice president, chief marketing and innovation officer. “Last year, we opened the Corporate Innovation and Research Center, which provides a setting for customers and vendors to work collaboratively on new products, programs and services while enabling HSM to leverage its expertise and respond rapidly to changing customer and market demands.

“Today, the outstanding qualities and experience Gregg brings to his position will further enhance that capability, contributing to growth at HSM by improving our ability to offer HSM customers the latest materials and manufacturing techniques, helping them achieve their design visions while supporting our transition from a components manufacturer to an integrated solutions provider.”

Greulich comes to HSM with 12 years of management experience in the engineering and research and development arenas. Prior to joining HSM, he held the position of senior director, engineering, tooling and program management at Evenflo Company Inc., Miamisburg, Ohio, and served on a global management team with direct organizational leadership responsibility for infant care durable product programs. His résumé also includes management positions with Sunbeam Products Inc., Maytag Corp. and Whirlpool Corp..

Greulich earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Evansville, Evansville, Ind. He also holds a master of business administration degree, earned at the University of Evansville and the University of Transylvania, Xavier, Lexington, Ky.

To learn more about HSM, visit the company’s website at www.hsmsolutions.com.

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Hickory Springs Rebranding Company as HSM

May 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

North Carolina-based Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co. announced a rebranding initiative consolidating a number of brands and divisions under one name, HSM.

According to a press release, the name change is effective immediately and is supported by a new logo and website (www.hsmsolutions.com), for the global manufacturer of integrated solutions and components to the transportation, furniture, bedding, and a growing number of diversified markets.

“HSM is not just a name,” said President and CEO Dave Colburn. “It’s a new way of thinking. HSM represents one name, one identity, one voice and one company with a single-minded dedication to customer needs.”

The announcement of the new name is the culmination of a series of organizational and corporate structural changes announced earlier this year that support the company’s migration from a components supplier to a provider of integrated solutions with a market-focused strategy.

As a result of the name change, some former company names previously associated with Hickory Springs will now become product names while some existing product brands will not change.

In addition to a single, unified HSM brand, the company is also placing greater emphasis on research and development, increasing its engineering staff and leveraging its Corporate Innovation and Research Center, which opened in 2012. These initiatives provide customers with access to the latest materials and manufacturing techniques, helping them achieve their design visions and respond rapidly to changing market demands.

The company’s four new business units – HSM Transportation Solutions, HSM Bedding Solutions, HSM Furniture Solutions and HSM Diversified Solutions – serve as the centerpiece of a new business model that will leverage HSM’s core capabilities to develop and execute a business plan for profitable growth of both components sales and integrated solutions to customers in their respective markets.

“This is an exciting time for our company,” said Colburn. “We look forward to building on the HSM brand as the strategic transformation of our company continues to unfold, inviting customers and employees to join us in our progress as ‘One Company, on the Move, Together.’”

To learn more about HSM, visit the company’s website at www.hsmsolutions.com.

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Hickory Springs Constructing Foam Tech Lab

April 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hickory Springs groundbreaking ceremony

Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., a supplier  of furniture and bedding components to a variety of markets including RV, recently broke ground for a new, 10,000-square-foot foam tech lab in Conover, N.C.

According to a news release, the $1.5 million facility will expand current operations at the Hickory Springs Conover foam complex and “enhance the company’s ability to formulate foams, incorporating new pilot lines and improved testing capabilities.” Hickory Springs President and CEO Dave Colburn, along with Dwayne Welch, executive vice president, chief marketing and innovation officer, and Bobby Bush, senior vice president, foam technology, hosted an April 19 groundbreaking ceremony at the new facility.

“This groundbreaking and the construction that begins today is a tangible illustration of the increased emphasis Hickory Springs is placing on research and innovation as the company moves forward,” said Colburn. “It also supports the transition currently underway at Hickory Springs, from being a components supplier to a global manufacturer of integrated solutions and components, and demonstrates the company’s continued investment in people, facilities and technologies that is so critical to our success.”

A number of community leaders joined the Hickory Springs leadership team, including Conover Mayor Lee Moritz Jr.; City Manager Donald Duncan Jr.; President of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation Scott Millar; and President of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce Danny Hearn.

To learn more about Hickory Springs, visit the company’s website at www.hickorysprings.com.

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Hickory Springs Initiates Key Executive Moves

March 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

North Carolina-based Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co. announced key executive staffing appointments that support previously announced changes to the company’s corporate structure, according to a news release.

“Taken together, these assignments comprise a leadership team that will work with me to direct the company’s transition to a market-focused strategy,” noted Dave Colburn, president and CEO for the global supplier. “I am confident we have assembled the best group of people to enable the execution of our strategy, while focusing on delivering value to Hickory Springs’ current and future customers.”

The following executive-level positions will report directly to Colburn:

• Jimmy Bush, senior vice president corporate development. Bush joined the company in 1978 as a sales trainee and has held a variety of leadership roles with Hickory Springs, most recently serving as senior executive vice president wire products group. As he moves into his new role, Bush will continue to participate in key bedding industry events.

• Lee Lunsford, executive vice president COO. Lunsford came to Hickory Springs in 2003 with extensive background in operations and manufacturing. Hired to the new position of senior vice president operations, he was promoted to executive vice president and chief operations officer in 2011.

• John Mayo, vice president general council. Mayo began his career with Hickory Springs last June as general counsel for the company.

• Jim Packer, vice president human resources. Packer’s career with Hickory Springs began in 1979 as a personnel trainee. He progressed to supervisor and manager before holding positions as area personnel manager, corporate human resources administrator and manger and director of human resources.

• Valerie Reid, CFO and corporate treasurer. The former corporate assistant treasurer brings 14 years experience with Hickory Spring to her new position. Hired as a senior accountant in 1999, she later served as corporate controller and director treasury and analysis before being promoted to finance director in 2011.

• John Saladino, vice president strategy and acquisitions. Saladino is new to the organization, assuming this position last October. He brings with him more than 40 years of design, manufacturing and consulting experience.

• Don Simpson, corporate director administration. Simpson joined Hickory Springs in 1989 as an accountant. Since then, he has held positions as general manager Pacific NW, operations manager west coast, director of administration and, most recently, general manager.

• David Underdown, senior vice president supply chain. A 30-year veteran of Hickory Springs, Underdown began his career as a management trainee. His experience includes work in a number of purchasing positions, most recently as secretary/vice president of purchasing. In addition to his supply chain responsibilities, Underdown has been named chairman of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company.

• Dwayne Welch, executive vice president chief marketing and innovation officer. An 18-year veteran of Hickory Springs, Welch was named executive vice president sales and marketing in 2009 and promoted to executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer in 2011.

In addition to these executive-level appointments, Hickory Springs announced the leadership structure for all manufacturing, quality and logistics. Reporting to Lunsford, the leadership team members are:

• Rich Derian, director corporate logistics. Derian joined Hickory Springs one year ago to direct logistics, distribution and fleet operations. His work history includes more than 24 years of experience in supply chain and logistics.

• Buster Mann, senior vice president manufacturing. Since joining the company in 1975, Mann has held several positions in his 37-year career with Hickory Springs, including plant manager, general manager and vice president eastern division. He most recently served as senior vice president foam operations.

For additional information about Hickory Springs, visit the company’s website at www.hickorysprings.com.

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Hickory Springs Reshapes Corporate Structure

February 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Brad McNeely

Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., a global manufacturer of integrated solutions and components to the recreational vehicle, transportation, furniture, bedding and a growing number of diversified markets, announced a new corporate structure and leadership roles that support the company’s “migration to a market-focused strategy.”

According to a press release, four new business units – bedding solutions, furniture solutions, transportation solutions and diversified solutions — serve as the centerpiece of Hickory Springs’ new business model. “Each of these profit centers will leverage Hickory Springs’ core capabilities to develop and execute a business plan for profitable growth of both component sales and integrated solutions to customers in their respective markets,” explained Dave Colburn, Hickory Springs president and CEO.

Tim Becker

The four executives tapped to lead these new business units include:

•  Tim Becker, vice president diversified solutions. Becker brings more than 15 years of experience with Hickory Springs to his new position, including various positions within wire technology and products and his most recent assignment as vice president of the wire products group. His background also includes more than 11 years in the steel industry.

• Todd Councilman, vice president bedding solutions. A 25-year veteran of the foam industry, Councilman joined Hickory Springs six years ago. He held positions in quality, marketing, sales and plant management before his most recent assignment as general manager of the southeast region.

• Tony Everett, vice president transportation seating solutions. Everett joined Hickory Springs in January with the acquisition of The C.E. White Co., where he served as president and CEO since 2006.

Todd Councilman

• Brad McNeely, vice president furniture solutions. McNeely’s career with Hickory Springs spans more than 23 years, including positions as sales representative and regional sales manager. Most recently, he served as vice president new product development (Innovation and Testing Center).

In addition to these appointments, David Duncan has been named vice president, corporate sales. Duncan’s 22 years of experience with Hickory Springs includes roles as area sales manager and national product manager – bedding foam. He most recently served as vice president of the company’s western foam division.

Duncan and the four business unit leaders will report to Lee Lunsford, executive vice president and CEO. In addition to these appointments, the company anticipates future announcements as it builds out its new organization.

Tony Everett

“These appointments represent the first step in the transition to our new corporate structure,” said Colburn. “Building out this organization will promote collaboration across all four business units, enabling us to combine multiple manufacturing capabilities and ultimately enhance our ability to deliver both components and integrated solutions to an expanding customer base.”

For additional information about Hickory Springs, visit the company’s website at www.hickorysprings.com.

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Hickory Springs Promotes Valerie Reid to CFO

February 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Valerie Reid

North Carolina-based supplier Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co. announced the promotion of Valerie Reid to the position of CFO, effective immediately. According to a news release, Reid will report directly to Dave Colburn, Hickory Springs president and CEO.

“I am delighted to welcome Valerie to her new position,” said Colburn. “Her proven track record as an instrumental member of our finance team and her personal strengths and attributes instill confidence in her ability to keep Hickory Springs on a solid financial footing as we seize new opportunities to move and grow in new directions.”

Reid brings to her new position more than 14 years experience with Hickory Springs. Hired as a senior accountant in 1999, she held several positions, including corporate controller and director treasury and analysis, before being promoted to the position of finance director in 2011. Last year she was named corporate assistant treasurer, the position she held prior to her recent promotion.

Reid earned a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds an active Certified Public Accountant license and is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA).

For additional information about Hickory Springs, visit the company website at www.hickorysprings.com.

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Hickory Springs Announces C.E. White Buyout

January 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co. announced the acquisition of The C.E. White Co., a New Washington, Ohio-based manufacturer of seating products for the commercial/transit and school bus markets. According to a press release, the move will provide Hickory Spring’s customers with “a complete seating solution.”

“Welcoming The C.E. White Co. to the Hickory Springs organization enhances opportunities for both companies as it leverages the core capabilities of each,” noted David Colburn, president and CEO for North Carolina-based Hickory Springs which manufactures components for the furniture, bedding, transportation and a growing number of diversified markets. “This acquisition makes Hickory Springs a more well-rounded player in the industry, able to capitalize on its unique competitive advantage as a producer of multiple components that can now be combined to create an integrated seating solution, and bringing new opportunities to C.E. White in the process.”

The integration of both companies will take place over the next 90 days. In the meantime, Hickory Springs said customers will “continue to receive the same high-quality service they have come to expect from C.E. White.”

“I cannot begin to express my excitement about this opportunity, which brings together the capabilities and resources of two very well-established and long-term companies to the benefit of both,” said Tony Everett, president and CEO of C.E. White. “I liken it to a three-legged stool. Hickory Springs offers two legs of the stool, or in this case the seat – the metal frame and the foam – and C.E. White brings the third leg – cut and sewn covers and experience as a seat manufacturer – to create a solid company with an integrated solution for the transportation seating market. As a result, we can anticipate increased business opportunities and a positive impact on the communities in which C. E. White operates.

“The same people will take care of our customers, and there will be no changes in company philosophy,” Everett added. “In fact, Hickory’s philosophy and C.E. White’s are very similar. They are both family-based companies, customer-driven and customer-focused, and I’m confident a stronger company will emerge from this transaction.”

The C.E. White Co. will continue to be headquartered in New Washington. Everett will report directly to Lee Lunsford, executive vice president and chief operations officer at Hickory Springs, to ensure a smooth and successful merger.

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Hickory Springs Unveiling PosiTrac Quad Step

November 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co. has introduced PosiTrac Quad, the newest addition to the PosiTrac line of RV radius entry steps manufactured by Hickory Springs and distributed by JSI.

Like other products in the PosiTrac line, the quad step plate features a unique, non-slip diamond-groove design – the first of its kind in the industry – that provides extra traction and enhances slip resistance throughout the life of the steps, according to a news release. Unlike steps that use grip tape, which wears and eventually peels away, steps that employ the PosiTrac solution provide a long-term remedy to rain, sleet, snow and other slip hazards.

Just as important, the product’s innovative four-step design fits in the same space as three-step entry steps, making it easy to replace existing steps with the quad step. The result is a reduced rise and a bottom step that is closer to the ground for easier access to the RV.

Made from dent-resistant, heavy-gauge American steel, the PosiTrac Quad features the same rigidity and double-lock system common to all PosiTrac radius entry steps.

“As we worked on the design of the four-step product, we made it a point to retain the functionality that has made our entry steps so popular in the past,” explained Mickey Thomas, director of sales at JSI. “That means the Quad also incorporates the same pivotal action that opens and closes easily for fingertip operation, and the step’s powder-coat finish has been salt-spray tested to ensure a superior, long-lasting finish when compared to other products in the market.”

A number of distribution centers located around the country ensure the supply chain consistency important to JSI customers. Added Thomas, “We offer the capacity and are uniquely positioned to supply a high-quality, American-made product on time, whenever and wherever it is needed.”

Please visit www.jsirvproducts.com or www.hickorysprings.com for additional information.

 

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Hickory Springs to Display New PosiTrac Quad

November 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co. will debut its PosiTrac Quad entry steps in Booth No. 530 during the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Nov. 27-29.

According to a press release, the PosiTrac Quad is the newest addition to the PosiTrac line of RV radius entry steps manufactured by Hickory Springs and distributed by JSI. Like other products in the PosiTrac line, the quad step plate features an industry-first non-slip diamond-groove design that provides extra traction and enhances slip resistance throughout the life of the steps.

Unlike steps that use grip tape, which wears and eventually peels away, steps that employ the PosiTrac solution provide a long-term remedy to rain, sleet, snow and other slip hazards. In addition, the product’s four-step design fits in the same space as three-step entry steps, making it easy to replace existing steps with the quad step. The result is a reduced rise and a bottom step that is closer to the ground for easier access to the RV.

Other features include:

• Made in the U.S.A. using dent resistant, heavy-gauge U.S. steel construction.

• Firm rigidity with double-lock system.

• Tested and long-lasting powder-coat finish.

• Unique pivotal action that opens and closes easily for fingertip operation.

• Self-locking mechanism for travel.

For more information contact Mickey Thomas, director of sales at JSI, at mjthomas@hickorysprings.com or (574) 262-2399.

 

 

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Hickory Springs Raises Bar on Sleeper Comfort

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hickory Springs Fall-Away Cross Bar

Hickory, N.C.-based components supplier Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co. has introduced the patented Fall-Away Cross Bar, a mechanism designed to raise the comfort level in sleeper sofas.

According to a press release, the Fall-Away Cross Bar is designed to sit 2.5 inches lower than previous models, creating a gap between the mattress and the bar so the sleeper does not experience any discomfort. While the middle bar of the mechanism is necessary for support when the sofa is in a seating position, once the bed is opened, the Fall-Away Cross Bar rotates to its lower position.

The new sleeper mechanism will be offered to all existing customers at no additional cost, making it an industry standard from Hickory Springs. The Fall-Away Cross Bar can be used in all towable and motorized RV models.

“Our new Fall-Away Cross Bar is a ‘hidden value product.’ You may not see the difference, but you can definitely feel it,” said Mickey Thomas, director of sales for the company’s JSI division based in Elkhart, Ind. “There is nothing else like it on the market. Complaints about the discomfort of RV beds are legendary. It was time to get innovative to eliminate the mid-back discomfort RVers feel due to the middle bar of a hide-away bed digging into their body. This truly gives our customers a unique selling point.”

Hickory Springs sleepers come with innerspring or foam mattresses in a wide range of sizes, lengths and depths, complete with a convenient patented Headlock Dual-Locking TV Headrest.

 

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Hickory Springs President Coleman Set to Retire

September 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Don Coleman

Don Coleman, president and CEO of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., announced his plans to retire this December after 39 years with the company.

According to a press release, he has been president and CEO of the North Carolina firm since 1996. Hickory is one of the nation’s largest integrated manufacturers and an international supplier of components for the furniture and bedding industries, including the RV sector.

“It has been a wonderful 39-plus years working with and for a company of the quality standards and ethics we enjoy. We as employees can be proud to be a part of the organization we have today,” Coleman said.

Highlights of his career include:

• Coleman joined the company in 1972 as its first national product manager, and then added manufactured sleeper mechanisms to his management responsibilities in 1975.

• He served as general manager of the company’s Highland Fabricators facility following its acquisition, then was named vice president of the company’s Eastern Furniture Division following its formation in 1992.

• In 1996, he succeeded Neil Underdown as president/CEO of Hickory Springs.

• Coleman spearheaded the company’s expansion over the past several years through acquisition and joint ventures.

“Hickory Springs is grateful to Don for his years of outstanding leadership, loyalty, and vision,” said Tom Pierce, chairman of Hickory Springs. “His commitment to developing innovative products, sound fiscal policy, creative partnerships and understanding the needs of our customers has had an immeasurable impact upon the ongoing excellence, growth and diversification of Hickory Springs over the years.”

 

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Hickory Springs Names Stenger in New VP Slot

August 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark Stenger

Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., one of the nation’s largest integrated manufacturers and an international supplier of components for the furniture and bedding industries and an RV industry supplier, has announced the creation of a vice president position for its new Transportation Division as part of a companywide realignment strategy.

According to a press release, Mark Stenger has been appointed vice president of Transportation Products and Metal Components Group. In this new role, Stenger will oversee all aspects of the new division, including planning, directing and controlling the development, manufacturing and selling of the company’s transportation products and metal components.

Since joining the Hickory Springs’s California sales force in 1989, Stenger has held the positions of product manager, operations manager, general manager and most recently vice president of the Western Division since 2003.

“A key objective of our most recent realignment strategy is to accelerate our growth and diversification,” said Lee Lunsford, executive vice president and COO for the Hickory. N.C.-based company, which services the RV industry. “The creation of our Transportation Division and naming Mark vice president are important steps toward establishing strategies and plans that will ensure significant, ongoing growth in the transportation industries.”

The company’s new Transportation Division is a ISO/TS 16949 certification and ISO9001: 2008-certified company that designs and manufactures engineered seat webbing, molded rebond foam cushioning materials, tubing and formed wire structures for the school bus, golf cart, heavy truck, automotive, and marine industries. The transportation division builds on Hickory Springs’ decades of experience in the engineering, design and manufacture of seating for the furniture industry and leverages that expertise to create a line of world-class seating.

One of North Carolina’s largest employers, Hickory Springs is a privately held company based in Hickory, North Carolina, with more than 50 manufacturing plants in 16 states and China. In addition to its core furniture and bedding markets, Hickory Springs also serves a growing range of customers in the automotive, recreational vehicle, packaging, medical, marine and telecommunications industries.

 

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